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Spotlight on Asia

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A weekly analysis of news and current affairs in countries in Asia from East to West.

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In this week's Spotlight on Asia, RFI's Rosslyn Hyams looks at the potential knock-on effects in South Asia and in the Indian diaspora, of the Indian Supreme Court ruling to decriminalise homosexual consensual sexual relations.
In Spotlight on Asia, RFI's Rosslyn Hyams turns to some of the main news in Asia this week, including the murder of Shujaat Bukhari, leading Kashmiri journalist and former RFI English correspondent, the UN's first report on human rights violations in Kashmir, and whither nuclear disarmement of the Korean peninsula after Kim Jung-un and Donald Trump give an historic handshake.
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Opinion is divided for now about whether or not China's one-trillion dollar economic corridor project known as One Belt, One Road will be a plus for the countries it passes through, as Rosslyn Hyams reports.
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Spotlight on Asia, focuses on the jailing of South Korea's former president 66 year-old Park Geun Hye. Produced and presented by RFi's Rosslyn Hyams with guests John Nilsson-Wright and Noh Jung-sun.
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Nov 27, 2017 RFI
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In this week's Spotlight on Asia, RFI's Jan van der Made is looking at the Hmong, a minority people that's fled, for the largest part, from their home lands to find safety and happiness in France and the United States. But some were left behind, and no one knows about their fate.
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Sharp and harsh, contradictions in Iranian urban society seen through the life of four characters living in Tehran, are made larger than life in a recently-released animated fiction feature film. RFI's Rosslyn Hyams meets Zahra Amir Ebrahimi, one of the actresses in Tehran Taboo, who plays a tragic, dynamic young woman who resorts to extreme action to maintain some sense of independence.
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In this week’s look at Asia, we hear about a film which had its release delayed in India for six months by the censorship board. It’s called Lipstick Under My Burkha and it screened in Paris this month at the South Asian Film Festival. Rosslyn Hyams has been talking to the film's director.
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In Spotlight on Asia this week, RFI's Rosslyn Hyams meets Jean-Joseph Boillot who spends his time as an academic researcher travelling between France and India.
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This week the US Department of Defense released a report on Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan, a week after President Donald Trump set the number of US troops deployed in the country at 8400, down from 9600 in 2016.
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On May 19, Iran held presidential elections after a month of campaign frenzy. RFI's Jan van der Made was there and and saw how democracy Iranian style put people in election frenzy, but does Rouhani's celebrated victory really mean profound change?
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Spotlight on Asia takes us to Indonesia where Jakarta's outgoing Christian governor was found guilty of blasphemy against Islam. Indonesian President Jokowi, a longtime ally of Ahok, has - wisely - avoided to making any comment on Ahok’s conviction.
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Apr 30, 2017 RFI
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This week’s Spotlight Asia brings us to Asia Pacific. Jan van der Made looks at how US president Donald Trump is getting back into the mold when it comes to Taiwan and how Vietnam is being blacklisted by an American human rights watchdog that may have ulterior motives.
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In this week's Spotlight on Asia, RFi's Rosslyn Hyams talks to a documentary film maker who has co-directed a feature length work that highlights transgender issues in Vietnam.
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The Korean peninsula made headline news all over the world this week. South Korea's president Park Geun-hye, now former president, was sacked and will most likely face corruption charges. North Korea's muscle flexing is testing the new US administration as well as its neighbour China, believed to be an ally, and challenging Malaysia over the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the North Korean leader's half-brother. In this week's Spotlight on Asia, RFI's Rosslyn Hyams speaks to Jonthan Holslag,...
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Now it is time for Spotlight Asia and we will highlight three different countries in the region: Myanmar, South Korea, and Iran. Both South Korea and Iran are already suffering at the hands of the new American president's latest decisions. RFI's Jan van der Made has this report.
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In this week's Spotlight on Asia, RFI's Rosslyn Hyams focuses on political change in Sri Lanka. The European Union is preparing to reward the government with an economic push, if it pursues efforts in good governance and human rights.
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Dec 3, 2016 RFI
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The South Korean president's future hangs in the balance. She is suspected of involvement in a potentially far-reaching corruption scandal, linked to a close friend. Discontented Koreans have been protesting in the street. Crucial deadlines loom as the parliamentary session ends on 9 December.  South Korea's internal political troubles are the focus of this week's Spotlight on Asia with RFI's Rosslyn Hyams.
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This week's Spotlight on Asia takes a look at the potential impacts newly elected US president Donald Trump could have on countries in Asia.
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A scandal over alleged abuse of power engulfing the South Korean president deepened on Tuesday after the embattled leader was forced to withdraw her nominee for prime minister and give up control of the cabinet. Her close friendship with shadowy figure Choi Soon-sil, which has plunged the country into its worst political crisis in decades.
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At an underreported meeting  at the end of August in Chechnya, in the Russian Federation, hundreds of Islamic scholars discussed the definition of Sunni Islam and declared Wahabbism, the strict Saud-based school, beyond the pale. But not everybody was invited and critics say politics may overshadow religion in the fierce debate that erupted in the Muslim world after the meeting.
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Tensions between India and Pakistan are on the increase again as shots are fired across the Line of Control, their effective border running through the Kashmir region they both claim as their own in whole. The countries used the UN General Assembly in September 2016 to trade verbal attacks, in the wake of an attack on a military camp on the Indian side of the LoC. Rosslyn Hyams speaks to experts from India, Pakistan and the US about a problem the international community keeps pushing down the...
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This week in Spotlight on Asia, RFI's Rosslyn Hyams looks at US and Nato recent decisions to step up human and financial resources to give a boost to security in Afghanistan.
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The Asian tapir is an animal in danger. Only 2,000 of them are left in South East Asia. A European zoological programme is helping to protect the animal. RFI's Rosslyn Hyams meets Tengah the Tapir in La ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes in Paris.
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In this week's Spotlight on Asia, RFI's Rosslyn Hyams tries to find out who has benefited from France and China's six-year picture coproduction deal.
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Apr 4, 2016 RFI
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Food insecurity in some rural areas of Mongolia is cause for alarm say aid workers and agricultural experts in the region. Human lives are endangered as animal lives are lost wholesale due to a series of extreme weather in the past two seasons.
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The three candidates in Taiwan's election were unequal. An opposition woman candidate, a late-comer from the incumbent ruling party and a rank outsider running for the fourth time, and hoping to win for the first, or simply to divide the nationalist vote. After eight years of gradual rapprochement with China, what will happen after Taiwan's election on 16th January 2016?
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Indonesia has been under the spotlight in recent months because of raging forest fires on major islands Sumatra, Borneo and Papua... The fires have released toxic smoke that has spread across neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia... Indonesian authorities say 19 people have died either fighting the fires or due to the smoke, and that half a million Indonesians are suffering from respiratory illness. Thousands of fires forced schools to close and scores of flights and international events to...
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Oct 12, 2015 RFI
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In Spotlight on Asia this week, RFI's Rosslyn Hyams meets the well-travelled authors of a new book out in France which delves into China's inevitable multiculturalism. Backed by broad-ranging case-studies, they probe the ways in which a mixed background of Chinese and at least one other culture, affect the lives of the individuals and of the society they live in, whether in China, or elsewhere. Les nouveaux éclaireurs de la Chine, by Edith Coron and Anne Garrigues is published in French by Les...
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In this edition of Spotlight Asia we look at the upcoming visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Russia, and how Israel tries to gain closer relations with the world's most powerful nations that are not always friendly to its biggest ally: the United States.
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The father of a Syrian boy who drowned while trying to cross towards Greece buried his family on Thursday. On Friday, ministers of a divided Europe tried to find a response to the refugee crisis. Hungarian authorities were locked in a stand-off with migrants who left Budapest’s main train station on foot for Austria. Meanwhile, refugees coming out of Syria and who decide not to remain in the crowded Zataari camp in Jordan, Lebanon or Turkey are finding alternative routes to get into the EU.
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Four new fires broke out Friday in the devastation left by giant explosions in the Chinese port city of Tianjin last week. The official Xinhua News Agency reported that the site is scattered with smouldering chemicals and flammable substances.RFI looks into the aftermath of Tianjin’s most devastating industrial accident ever, and how Chinese authorities are dealing with it.  
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Jul 25, 2015 RFI
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The deal between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany was concluded on 20 July. The US Senate now has 60 days to review the deal. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday it would be embarrassing to him and a blow to US credibility on the world stage if Congress rejects the Iran nuclear deal. In this week's Spotlight on Asia, RFI’s Jan van der Made looks back at the deal and the long process that preceded it.
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Jul 20, 2015 RFI
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In Spotlight on Asia this week RFI considers possible benefits and handicaps of China's economic slowdown.
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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has won a massive parliamentary majority for proposals he submitted to the EU in order to secure more funding. The proposals include 23 per cent VAT in restaurants, scrapping special tax breaks for tourist islands, a 100-million-euro cut in military spending and cuts in pensions aimed at bringing up to 0.5 per cent savings to GDP. The document is now to be approved by Brussels. The proposals came days after Tsipras' Syriza party won a 61 per cent victory in a...
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China is under our spotlight this week, not least of all because prime minister Li Keqiang was visiting here in France. He made an eagerly awaited climate change promise while in Europe. But also, because Beijing passed a new security bill.
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After an historic political vote in Hong Kong's parliament this week, RFI asks what happens next...
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Jun 30, 2015 RFI
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It's a week since the decade-long stronghold of Turkey's AKP over the political landscape was broken. Turkish president Recip Erdogan saw his plans to strengthen the position of president shattered and after a silence of several days announced that he is ready to form a coalition government. In this Spotlight on Asia we look at what effect the elections may have on the countries' Kurdish population after the surprise entry into parliament of the pro-Kurdish HDP.
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Bicycles are no longer looked down upon for being old fashioned, too slow or even too cheap, or else only for sports freaks with big calves and lycra gear. More and more people are investing in cycles as cities improve their bike-friendly policies as an integrated part of urban planning in many parts of the world.
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Minority Rights International this week published its yearly People Under Threat, the yearly index that lists minority people whose basic rights are violated by the governments of the countries they try to live in.
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In this week's Spotlight on Asia, RFI's Rosslyn Hyams focuses on the crackdown on human traffickers and people-smugglers in Thailand. Finding mass graves in the jungles of southern Thailand, the Thai junta is also investigating allegations that some local police and officials have been involved in these international crimes. The Thai junta marks its first anniversary at the end of next week, after taking power on 22 May 2014.
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In this week's Spotlight on Asia, RFI talks to regional specialists about the continuing search for sustainable peace in Afghanistan as the Taliban spring offensive starts up again.
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Sri Lanka's new president made lots of promises when he won January's election   promises he said would materialise less than 100 days after coming to power. That deadline passed this week. RFI's Rosslyn Hyams speaks to local and regional actors about progress made and what's left to do.
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In this edition of Spotlight on Asia, we look at the proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
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On Thursday, Iran and the Five Permanent Members of the UN and Germany, the so-called P5+1, reached a framework agreement on Tehran’s nuclear programme. Details are now to be worked out, and the deadline of a final deal is set for the end of June.
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In this Spotlight on Asia, RFI looks at the lifting of martial law in Thailand, and the invoking of Article 44 in the junta's interim constitution.